Why Join Pei Hwa Robotics & Programming
Robotics is not just a CCA in Pei Hwa Secondary School. It is a platform for us to provide holistic development for all Pei Hwaians. We have a structured Robotics Experiential Education Programme for all staff and students, such as Teachers’ Training Programme, Micro:bits training for Secondary 1 students and, 3D Tronics training for Secondary 2 students to equip them with Maker and Programming skills.
With the innovation as one of the school’s new strategic thrusts, we have explored new ideas to align our programmes to promote innovation in our students. We have embarked in the Digital Maker Programme rolled out by Infocomm Media Development Authority. The Programme aims to grow the maker culture through the introduction of simple-to-use and open-ended technologies that the baseline users will be comfortable using.
Our Secondary 1 students would be exposed to Micro:bits, an entry-level programmable microcontroller which will be given to our students to inspire them to explore the possibilities of digital making. After the training, they would be working with VWOs to make assistive devices and simple games for the elderly and patients to improve the quality of their lives.
Our Secondary 2 students would be exposed to 3D Tronics, which is an advanced programmable microcontroller which allows more complex functions. After the training, they would be working on carnival games through the maker programme to support the school’s Community Day fund raising efforts.
Looking forward to an exciting year in 2017, the School is currently working with institutions of higher learning such as universities and other institutions to explore student internships and bringing in social robots for students to carry out their VIA projects and creating learning spaces with Internet of Things.
Pinnacle Achievements in 2016 and 2017
Community Award and Pioneer Award by RMA at Robomaker Challenge 2016
In November 2016, Pei Hwa Secondary School received the Pioneer School Award and Community Award from Robotics and Makers Academy for being the pioneer in developing and implementing the CoRE T&L package and supporting the CoSpace Rescue Community through the RoboCupJunior CoSpace Pei Hwa Challenge. The award is not only dedicated to the hardworking ALP Team but also to all colleagues who had worked hard and supported the Robotics Programme.
Best Achievement Trophy by Robocup Singapore 2017
In March 2017, the Robotics Club participated in the above-mentioned competition organized by RoboCup Singapore, Robotics & Maker Academy (RMA), Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Singapore Science Centre and supported by Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and National Infocomm Competition. We are pleased to inform that our students broke their own record of 5 awards from the previous year and have clinched 9 awards.
On top of it, we won the Best Achievement Trophy for the second time, which is presented to the best performing school in the competition.
Our ex-students Haidar Akmal & Nigel Ng were presented The RoboCup Singapore Achievement Award (Polytechnic Category) for their dedication to the RoboCup CoSpace Community during their days as Pei Hwa students. This prestigious award also recognizes RoboCup students who have demonstrated outstanding performance at RoboCup-related activities.
The school has been invited to represent Singapore in RoboCup 2017, which is held in Nagoya, Japan, in the CoSpace Rescue category.
Accolades in Robotics and Programming
We have won many awards in local and overseas competitions for the past years.
- 2013 Championship Award, RoboCupJunior CoSpace Rescue Team Category, Netherlands
- 2013 Bronze Award, RoboCupJunior CoSpace Rescue Team Category, Netherlands
- 2012 2nd runner-up in the Robocup Junior Cospace Rescue Team Category, Mexico
- 2011 Championship Award, RoboCupJunior Cospace Rescue Individual Category, Turkey
- RobocupJunior Singapore Open
- National Junior Robotics Competition (NJRC)
- Asia-Pacific Vex Championship
- Singapore Robotics Games (Micromouse)
- Singapore Robo Grand Prix
Please refer to our Robotics CCA page for more information.
Infusion of Robotics into Curriculum
In our effort to promote innovation in PHSS, we have embarked on the Digital Maker Programme launched by IMDA to cultivate real-world problem solving, encourage digital creativity and innovation, as well as foster collaboration and co-creation with fellow digital makers. All Secondary 1 students will go through an enrichment programme to learn coding using Micro:bit, which is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and bluetooth technology, which was given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK is 2016. We are one of the first few secondary schools to try out Micro:bit and our Secondary 1 students would using this gadget to tinker and create things. In addition, we would also be collaborating with IMDA to develop and conduct lessons with Micro:bits to promote STEM education. In addition, the school is also working with a few VWOs to create assistive products and simple games for the elderly and patients.
To deepen students’ learning in coding, we have developed an inter-disciplinary Project Work (PW) that integrated various subjects like English, Science, Mathematics, Design and Technology and Information Technology for an authentic learning experience for the Secondary Two students. This is the first year that we are introducing 3D Tronics, which is an Arduino microcontroller system. Students would use their knowledge in the various subjects to develop carnival games with 3D Tronics for Community Day, which is a biennial fund raising effort by the school to give back to the community.
Opportunity for International Competition
The school stays true to its motto “Nurturing Talents” by sending students from our Robotic Club (CCA) to overseas competition. This exposure helps to broaden the students’ horizons and enhances their level of competency in various skills such as robot building and programming, leadership, communication, teamwork, and reinforces values such as resilience and excellence. These students would then share at the CCA level on the building and programming of robots. These students would also play a leadership role through sharing of their experiences to enhance the learning of the others. Our students have done well in Robocup Singapore 2017 and they would be representing Singapore in Robocup International which is held in Japan in July 2017.
Opportunity for Deeper Learning in STEM
The school also provides students with opportunities to facilitate STEM-robotics workshops for staff training and competition training for participants in RoboCupJunior CoSpace Pei Hwa Challenge, which is hosted jointly by Singapore Polytechnic and Pei Hwa Secondary School. Pei Hwa Secondary School is also working extensively with another STEM partner, Newcastle University in planning for learning journeys, career talks, assembly talks and internship in 2017 to provide more hands on experience for our students. The school is always looking at partnership with new institutions and pathfinders which can provide relevant and purposeful learning for our students in this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment. We are currently exploring the possibilities of using social robots for our students to perform their VIA activities to better engage the target audience.